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Telegram’s video calls can now accommodate up to 1,000 viewers

Only 30 can broadcast video, but the rest can watch the show.

Telegram has expanded the group video calling feature it launched in June to be able to accommodate more participants — a lot more. The latest version of the messaging app now allows up to 1,000 people to join a group video call. While the number of participants that can broadcast video from their camera or their screen remains capped at 30, an additional 970 people can tune in and watch.

As Telegram’s said when it first launched the feature, it was always planning on increasing the number of people that can join a group chat as it expands its voice and video calls to support live events. In its new announcement, the company said it’ll keep on increasing the limit. In addition, Telegram has updated the video messaging feature so users can watch them at a higher resolution. Users can now also share their screen with sound in any call, including group video calls, and set their messages to auto-delete after one month instead of within a day or a week like the older options allowed.

Telegram’s updated media editor makes the brush width smaller upon zooming in, allowing users to draw finer details on photos and videos. Other new features include more password reset options and animated emoji. For the Android app, the latest version also includes support for 0.5x, 1.5x and 2x playback speeds, as well as new sending animations. Meanwhile, iOS users will have access to a new in-app camera that can use all their device’s zoom levels, as well as the ability to forward messages to multiple recipients.

Update August 8th, 2021, 1:30 AM ET: The post previously stated that “users can now also share their screen with sound during 1-on-1 video calls,” but in fact, users can now share their screens with sound in any call, including group video calls. The post has been updated with the correct information.


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